Life has been busy, but happy. The short of it all:
- The PUP is working great. All modifications are holding up so far, and I hope to make one more this weekend.
- Classes are in full swing. So far so good. 101 is always tough slogging early on while the freshmen get their college legs under them, but they’re a good group.
- My “spare time” life as Jeep armorer required an enormous time crunch that cost me a couple of weeks of sleep … but it seems to be in steady rhythm now.
- The wee lass took a significant blow to the head from one of those “carriage” swings. I wasn’t there, but apparently the poor thing was shot airborne. Seems to be fine now, though, other than one big ol’ scab across half her forehead.
- I’m about 1/3 finished with a super secret new novel project.
- I did a heavy edit on the introduction to a scholarly edition of a medieval Italian text I cannot actually read.
- Another of my undergraduates got a paper he wrote for me accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. So many students have the potential, but few take me up on it when I tell them that if they work with me — writing, rewriting, researching, and rewriting some more — there’s a good chance I can get them in print. This young man took the challenge and succeeded.
And last but not least…
- Tonight I finished the first (and perhaps last) draft of a paper I’m presenting in mid-November. I’m never this far ahead!